10 Vikings-Panthers Numbers of Note: Vikings Going for Franchise-Best 6th Straight Road Win

Posted Dec 5, 2017

EDEN PRAIRIE, Minn. — The win streak has climbed to eight.

The Vikings are 10-2 on the season and notched their eighth consecutive victory Sunday when they earned a 14-9 road win in Atlanta.

Minnesota holds a four-game lead atop the NFC North and can clinch the division with a win this weekend in Carolina. The Vikings are also currently the top seed in the NFC playoff picture.

The Panthers are 8-4 after falling to the Saints on Sunday. The loss ended a four-game win streak for Carolina, which sits in a Wild-Card spot entering Week 14. 

Here’s a look at 10 numbers of note headed into the matchup: 

5 — The Vikings have won five consecutive road games, which ties a franchise mark that has only occurred three times (1969, 1971 and 1974). Minnesota can establish a new record this Sunday at Carolina.

8 — Minnesota’s defense recorded 8 sacks of Panthers quarterback Cam Newton when the two teams met in Week 3 last season. Everson Griffen had 3.0 sacks, and Danielle Hunter, Anthony Barr, Linval Joseph, Brian Robison and Harrison Smith each had a sack.

1 — The Vikings lead the NFL in both third-down offense and defense. Minnesota’s offense has converted on 74 of 161 attempts, which is good for a league-best 46.0 percentage. The Vikings defense has held opponents to converting only 40 of 147 attempts (27.2 percent). 

11 — The Vikings have compiled 11 drives of 80-plus yards in 2017, including an 89-yard scoring sequence Sunday in Atlanta. The Vikings only had four such drives in the 2016 season.

4 — Vikings quarterback Case Keenum recorded a passer rating of 120.4 against the Falcons, marking the fourth straight game he went over 100.0. That tied Hall of Famer Brett Favre (2009) and Daunte Culpepper (2000 and 2004) for the longest streaks in franchise history.

35 — Vikings tight end Kyle Rudolph now has 35 career touchdown receptions, which ranks fifth all-time in Vikings history behind Cris Carter, Randy Moss, Anthony Carter and Sammy White. Rudolph has six scores this season.

5 — The Vikings have thrown just five interceptions this season, which is tied for the second-fewest in the NFL. Carolina’s defense has picked off five passes in 2017, which is tied for the second-fewest in the league.

27 — Vikings wide receiver Adam Thielen has 27 receptions on third down this season. Of those 27 catches, 21 have gone for first downs. Thielen ranks second in the NFL in both categories.

14 — Minnesota’s offensive line has allowed just 14 sacks so far in 2017, which is the second-fewest in the league. The Vikings surrendered 38 sacks last season.

61 — Sunday will be Minnesota’s 61st game under Vikings Head Coach Mike Zimmer, who is 61 years old. Zimmer is 36-24 with the Vikings and is in his fourth season at the helm.